From the Inside July/August 2017

We're already planning for the next Spectrum conference. If you haven't yet seen the information for the 2018 Spectrum, it will be April 23rd-26th at The Henderson in Destin, Florida. This is a new venue for the conference.

Looking at a calendar, it seems like the conference is pretty far away, but it really isn't. We are currently working on the planning for sessions, so you have something to show to your company. The Spectrum Conferences are designed to help you in your business. That means that we want to know what you, as a MultiValue user, would like to see. What topics will sell your bosses on sending you to Spectrum?

Some Thoughts

The demands on your IT department are getting more specific, which defines the types of examples and business solutions that you need to know more about. I remember having to justify my attendance, so I watch the trends that are coming. The conference works because we update our content with the times.

We have MultiValue Experts as speakers who give us great content, but it is up to me to guide them. It is up to you to guide me. I would like to hear from the MultiValue Users and Developers. I want to make sure you get the materials, education, and experiences that are needed to maximize your ability to create efficient enterprise applications.

If you are unsure what you would like to see, here are a few that I've noticed:

Virtualization/Cloud Computing

Everyone is talking Cloud Computing and Virtualization, and for pretty good reasons. We have presented topics on Virtualization and Cloud Computing at the conference before, but the topic is deep. What are you interested in hearing next? Do you need to know how to integrate MultiValue databases into a cloud API, like Azure or Google App Engine? Or are you looking run a MultiValue server in a Virtual Machine? Maybe the plan is bigger than just the database server?

Tablets and Mobile Apps

Mobile Line-of-Business applications are a must. Many companies are not taking full advantage of what mobile apps can bring or how they should be used in the enterprise. How can we help you help them?

Windows 10 and Universal Apps

Working with Windows 10 development can be a pain. The new Universal Apps and Windows 10 features are nice, but very different from what most developers are used to. Would you like to see general sessions on how to use Windows 10? How Universal Apps are created? These would probably not be MultiValue specific, but we need to know about other software to make our jobs possible, so I'd be happy to include them.

Office 365 Integration

Looking to integrate Office 365 more closely with your Line-of-Business application? Documents, Calendars, Email, Spreadsheets… there are versions that are free and versions for a fee. All can be integrated with your MultiValue data.

Other Integration: Amazon, SalesTax, Email, CRM, EMR, LDAP, Active Directory

Do you have other applications within your environment that you need to integrate with? We have been an island unto ourselves for so long, we sometimes forget that our business has information that other systems can use. What we have in our system is increasingly necessary for other business functions. What integration options do you need?

External Programming Languages

What languages are your business requiring you to work with? .NET, Java, Python, Javascript, HTML, JSON… there are many others. We can provide topics on all of these, both stand-alone and in connection with your databases.

These are just a few examples. What do you find most interesting? What trends and topics that you would like to have covered in sessions at Spectrum? I would like to hear from you. Contact me at nathan@intl-spectrum.com.

NATHAN RECTOR

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